Social media has made it easier for us to find out what's happening around the world as soon as it happens, but it has also increased our feelings of helplessness when something tragic happens, as it did at the Boston Marathon on Monday. I wanted to share some ways that those far away can help.
If there is a gift in all this, it's that these kids have a glimpse of a possibility of life past the projects.
If we want to move the zeitgeist forward, we have to see "giving back" in a more exciting and meaningful light than we did previously. We're optimistic that we're not too dumb to change the world, but instead we're just slightly... dare I say it... ignorant.
The comparisons to Katrina are inevitable -- with one big difference. It wasn't five degrees in New Orleans.
Hurricane Sandy left some visible damage. The fires that burned in Breezy, and Belle Harbor, and Rockaway Park. But far, far more of the damage is int...
The holidays are all about giving back. But for many folks, the thought of carving large chunks of time out of our busy schedules to volunteer may see...
When Hurricane Sandy was approaching the eastern seaboard of the United States, the American Red Cross was already making the preparations to respond to the communities that were in the path of the devastating storm.
Determination. It is a simple, but also a very powerful word, defined as the ability to set your mind on a certain goal in life, and then pursuing it until it is accomplished.
Every two seconds, somebody in our country needs blood. My name is Brian Boyle, I am 26 years old, and in the summer of 2004, I was one of these people.
Brett Scudder speaks for thousands of disenfranchised, displaced and dispossessed after Hurricane Sandy. He does not feel sorry for himself. Sure he's mad, but in a strange way it has strengthened his resolve.
At AOL, our first value as a company is "We're in the business of helping people -- period." To date, we have shipped over 5,000 boxes of supplies to affected communities throughout New Jersey and Long Island. There is still a lot of rebuilding to be done. And we're going to keep helping!
Unlike the highly publicized, how-big-can-we-go charity concerts that we're used to hearing about every so often, Rockdrive began with the simple wish to use the power of music to give where you live.
This Thanksgiving morning was spent in the Rockaways to participate in providing a holiday meal for an anticipated 500 guests. The helping hands and open hearts that gathered to share the day with a community in need was stunning.
The way I see it, there needs to be a connection of the dots between the resources, volunteers and need. There needs to be a coordination between all the agencies working autonomously.
Whatever you do to give back for Thanksgiving and the holiday season, it will warm the heart of anyone you help, and also your own.